SMMT showcases collection of automotive components from UK supply chain

03 May 2012 #SMMT News

Automotive components manufactured, designed and distributed across the UK supply base are the latest focus of SMMT’s ongoing showcase of the UK’s automotive sector at its Westminster exhibition space.

Over the next fortnight, SMMT will highlight the breadth and scale of companies operating in the UK’s supply chain sector, demonstrating the full capabilities of the £4.8 billion valued supply chain industry.

Representing just a fraction of more than 2,300 supply chain companies currently operating in the sector, the latest SMMT exhibit demonstrates the range of growth opportunities that are emerging following more than £4.5 billion of UK-based OEM investment in UK automotive, announced over the last 18 months.

Components ranging from ancillary drives to EV battery cooling devices will be on display during the next fortnight, from the following automotive companies: Cab Automotive, Ebm-Papst, Fuel Defend, GKN Driveline, Norma, Prelok, Remploy Automotive, Schaeffler and Southco Manufacturing.

Earlier in the year, SMMT spoke to senior UK automotive directors about the potential for growth across the supply chain industry. Watch the video below to hear what they had to say.

Exhibitor company profiles

Cab Automotive

Cab Automotive manufactures a specialist range of automotive interior solutions for vehicle manufacturers and Tier One suppliers. As a privately-owned company with an annual turnover of £24 million, the company, which is based in Tipton, near Wolverhampton, employs between 100-250 people. Cab Automotive currently supplies the interior solutions to UK-based OEMs Aston Martin, Bentley and Jaguar Land Rover. For more information, visit


Ebm-Papst is a long-established international company with a UK manufacturing and distribution base. The company supplies to the global automotive industry a comprehensive range of passenger car and commercial vehicle requirements, including high-quality cooling fans and motor drives to support diverse applications such as engine water pumps, LED light cluster cooling, interactive electric vehicle battery cooling and climate control aspirator sensors. For more information, visit

Fuel Defend

Fuel Defend Global is based in Buckinghamshire and specialises in the design, development and marketing of high-quality, highly-visible, easily-fitted, fuel theft deterrent devices for use on light and heavy commercial vehicles, farm vehicles, plant and static tanks and general lock-up environments. For more information, visit

GKN Driveline

GKN Driveline in Birmingham is a centre of excellence, producing an entire portfolio of sideshaft and propshaft solutions and associated components for front-wheel, rear-wheel and 4×4 vehicles. These solutions are tailored, tuned and harmonised to suit the characteristics and performance requirements of each customer application, and are supplied to the majority of UK based automotive manufacturers. For more information, visit

Norma Group UK

Norma Group operates at a global level, manufacturing and distributing automotive engineering products. With a manufacturing subsidiary based in Newbury and headquarters in Germany, the UK operation exports 80% of what it manufactures overseas to Volvo in Sweden and VW in Germany. The Group specialises in innovative engineered joining technologies and applications know-how to make cleaner, more efficient use of precious energy sources in areas such as cooling systems, air intake and induction, emission control, ancillary system and infrastructure. For more information, visit


Prelok is the European market leader for pre-applied locking, sealing and dry film lubricant solutions for fasteners and threaded components and has processing plants situated in Germany, Spain and the UK. Since 2005, Prelok has been a member of the Melrose group of companies, the UK PLC engineering turnaround specialists. Prelok trade through their European company’s and also work with a subsidiary in France, while continually looking at new products, applications and services. For more information, visit

The Premier Group

The Premier Group, based in Coventry, was established in 1992 with the founding of Premier Sheet Metal. Since then the company has grown from employing 12 staff working on a specialised ‘Body in White’ projects for Motor Panels to employing over 100 personnel with a turnover in excess of £15m, developing a business that offers a full turnkey operation to the Automotive, Rail, Aerospace and Military sectors. The Premier Group’s mission is to be recognised as the first choice for the supply of high quality prototype and low volume products and associated services. For more information, visit

Remploy Automotive

Remploy Automotive operates within three distinct business segments, Original Equipment, Aftermarket and Interior Trim. The company’s mission is to transform the lives of disabled people and those experiencing complex barriers to work by providing sustainable employment opportunities and their four UK manufacturing sites are located in Birmingham, Coventry, Derby and Huddersfield. Remploy Automotive is a strategic Tier One supplier into Jaguar Land Rover and the company offers customers supply chain management of components which are then assembled and functionally tested utilising state of the art manufacturing equipment and techniques. For more information, visit:


Schaeffler (UK)

Schaeffler employs more than 350 people in the UK and the company is a leading manufacturer of rotary, linear and plain bearings and automotive components and systems for engine, transmission and chassis applications. These precision-engineered automotive products are not only used in internal combustion engine drivetrains but also in hybrid and electric vehicles. The UK manufacturing plant in Llanelli, South Wales is a major supplier of mechanical tappets to vehicle manufacturers worldwide. A recent multi-million pound investment in deep drawing technology and new anti-friction coating facilities has enabled Schaeffler to offer its customers significant benefits such as reduced fuel consumption and lower CO2 emissions. For more information, visit


Southco Manufacturing

Supporting OEMs and Tier One companies worldwide, Southco is a leading global provider of engineered access solutions, including latches, locks, captive fasteners, hinges, handles, and other accessories for applications not only in the automotive, but across all transportation industries as well as networking and telecommunications, healthcare and industrial machinery industries. Southco’s European headquarters is located in Worcester, with production facilities in Worcester and Farnham. For more information, visit

Click through the slideshow below to see all the photos from SMMT’s exhibition space.

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